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Purpose
Membership
Delegates


Purpose: The All Bar Conference shall act as a forum for Florida Bar sections, voluntary bar assocaitions and other represented groups to advise the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar. In such capacity the conference may consider, debate and make policy recommendations on matters of interest and concern to the legal profession or regarding the administration of justice as authorized by the Board.


RULES OF PROCEDURE
of the
ALL BAR CONFERENCE OF THE FLORIDA BAR

January 1994
(Extract)

RULE III
Membership
1. The size of the All Bar Conference shall not exceed 300 voting delegates in number, all of whom, with the exception of those delegates representing instate law schools and those delegates selected by the Board of Governors and the president of The Florida Bar, shall be active members of The Florida Bar in good standing, a maximum of 200 of which shall be delegates selected by and from Florida Bar sections and certain voluntary bar associations; a maximum of 20 of which shall be delegates selected by and from other petitioning voluntary bar associations; a maximum of 10 of which shall be delegates selected by and from the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar; a maximum of 10 which shall be delegates selected by and from the Out-of-State Practitioners Division of The Florida Bar; a maximum of 10 of which shall be delegates selected by the Board of Governors from petitioning individuals within the active membership of The Florida Bar at large who are not otherwise represented by o r members of organizations with delegate appointing authority; a maximum of five of which shall be delegates selected by and from the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar; a maximum of five of which shall be delegates selected by the president of The Florida Bar; and a series of individual delegates consisting of the president-elect of The Florida Bar, the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Florida (or the chief justice's designee) and the dean (or the dean's designee) of each ABA-accredited law school in the State of Florida.

2. The All Bar Conference shall be composed of:

a) delegates from voluntary bar associations headquartered in the State of Florida and substantive law sections of The Florida Bar that, as of January 1 of the calendar year, possess a minimum of 50 regular members and charge a minimum of $20 in annual dues, one delegate for every 500 dues paying members who are active members of The Florida Bar in good standing, or a fraction of that number, but at least one delegate and no more than 15 delegates for each association or section;

b) delegates from voluntary bar associations headquartered in the State of Florida that, as of January 1 of the calendar year, possess less than 50 regular members or charge less than a minimum of $20 in annual dues, one delegate per petitioning association from among a maximum of 20 petitionable seats;

c) delegates from the active membership of The Florida Bar at large who are not otherwise represented by or members of organizations with delegate appointing authority, from among a maximum of 10 petitionable seats;

d) delegates from both the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar and the Out-of-State Practitioners Division of The Florida Bar, no more than 10 delegates from each group;

e) delegates from the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar, no more than five delegates from that group;

f) delegates chosen by the president of The Florida Bar, no more than five delegates;

g) the president-elect of The Florida Bar;

h) the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Florida (or the chief justice's designee);

i) the chair of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners (or the chair's designee);

j) the chair of the Council of Sections (or the chair's designee);

k) the dean (or the dean's designee) of each American Bar Association-accredited law school in the State of Florida.

3. The All Bar Conference shall, on an annual basis, review and, if necessary to comply with the provisions herein set forth, recommend reapportionment of the number of conference delegates among Florida Bar sections, voluntary bar associations or other represented groups. If, as a result of increases in population the number of authorized and petitioning delegates shall exceed a total of 300 duly certified delegates in the All Bar Conference, the conference, with approval of the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar may alter the formula for delegate entitlement in such a manner that shall keep the total number of duly certified delegates at less than 300, and such action of the conference and Board shall, to that extent, be deemed an amendment to these rules.
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RULE IV
Delegates

1. Delegates to the All Bar Conference shall be selected for a term of one year commencing January 1 by the Florida Bar section, voluntary bar association or select authority, as the case may be, in accordance with a method of selection determined by such entity. The credential of each conference delegate or other evidence of right to membership, shall be filed promptly with the ABC coordinator of The Florida Bar at the headquarters office of The Florida Bar. The form and content of such credentials shall be as determined by the Credentials Committee of the All Bar Conference. The Credentials Committee shall furnish the chair of The All Bar Conference and the ABC coordinator of The Florida Bar with a list of duly certified conference delegates as of January 1 of the calendar year for use at each meeting of the conference. The ABC coordinator of The Florida Bar shall maintain a roster of the membership of the conference which shall be kept on file at the headquarters office of The Flori da Bar and open to examination by any member of The Florida Bar.

2. No later than 90 days prior to the first meeting of the All Bar Conference in each calendar year the ABC coordinator of The Florida Bar shall transmit a Notice to Select Conference delegates to all Florida Bar sections, voluntary bar associations and selecting authorities eligible for conference representation. Such notice shall specify delegate entitlement criteria and shall be mailed to the president or chief executive of such entities according to conference records maintained by the ABC coordinator of The Florida Bar, at each recipient's current address as reflected in official Florida Bar records as of the date of such notification.

3. Delegates shall attend meetings of the All Bar Conference and be responsible for reporting the substance of the proceedings of each meeting of the members of the Florida Bar section, voluntary bar association or group which they represent. When any Florida Bar section, voluntary bar association or group is represented by more than one delegate, the majority of such delegates may designate one of their number to make such report.

4. All delegates shall serve as delegates without compensation.

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[Revised: 01-04-2013]